A home is only as sturdy as the foundation it sits on. When your foundation starts to weaken, it will need to be repaired. If problems go unchecked, you may even need a foundation replacement. However, there are warning signs you can look for. Here are five signs your foundation needs repair:
When your foundation settles into the soil or cracks, water can get into your home. The water in turn damages the structure even more, leading to a vicious cycle that should be stopped as quickly as possible. Here are some signs that excess water is getting in your foundation:
- Standing pools of water in your basement or crawlspace
- Water pooling near your foundation on the outside of your home
- Water stains on wood, cement, or brick
- Mold growth
- Mildew smell
- If you have mold allergies, your symptoms may increase
2. Windows and doors
When the foundation sinks, this causes door and window frames to shift out of alignment. If you notice windows sticking or not being able to shut completely, this could be a sign of a serious foundation issue. You may also notice that doors don't close completely, won't lock, or get stuck.
Carefully examine spaces where your ceiling and wall or floor and wall meet. Are there gaps between your baseboard and the floor? Do you notice cracks where your ceiling and wall meet? Are there gaps between the ceiling and the ceiling trim? These are all signs that your foundation shifted enough that the walls separated from the floor above.
Issues with your porch or patio may also hint that something's going on with your foundation. There are several types of problems that can arise with your porch or patio. Here are issues to look for:
- Squeaky, bouncy, or loose steps
- Loose handrails
- Porch is crooked or seems shifted to one side
- Porch or patio begins separating from exterior wall
- If the porch is made of concrete, cracks may appear
Your garage can also give you telltale signs that your foundation needs repair. If the garage door begins to separate from the wall, or has trouble rolling up or down, the door may be out of alignment. This misalignment may be due to the shifting foundation. You may also notice your shelves are crooked, there are cracks in the drywall, or liquid pools in new places.
These are five signs your foundation needs to be repaired. Contact a specialist in your area today if you notice any of these problems.